Native Fish State
DISTrIbuTIoN AND AbuNDANCE
The Tench is native to Europe, but wasintroduced to Australia in 1876. The specieswas originally widely distributed in Vic byacclimatisation societies and is still highlysought after by ‘coarse sh’ enthusiasts.In the Murray-Darling Basin, it is primarilyrestricted to Vic. It is rarely recorded inNSW, but was formerly present in theMurray, lower Murrumbidgee and lowerLachlan rivers. Since the arrival of Carp,Tench has become rare in the Basin inSA and rare or absent in NSW, and is notpresent in the ACT and Qld.
Tinca tinca Linnaeus 1758photo by Gunther Schmida